GM Camaro/Firebird 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Tie Rod Ends

See Figures 1 through 8

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicles with jackstands.
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  3. Matchmark the installed position of the tie rod end with paint or a marker.
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Fig. Fig. 1: To ensure correct front alignment, mark the position of the installed tie rod end

  1. Remove the cotter pin and castellated nut from the tie rod end. Discard the cotter pin.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove and discard the cotter pin ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then loosen and remove the castellated nut from the tie rod end

  1. Loosen the adjusting nut at the base of the tie rod end.
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  3. Remove the tie rod end ball stud from the steering knuckle, using Universal Steering Linkage Puller J-24319-01 or equivalent.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Use the proper puller to separate the tie rod end stud from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 5: Tie-rod end replacement

  1. Unscrew the tie rod end from the steering gear unit. Note the number of turns required to remove the tie rod end.
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Fig. Fig. 6: After the tie rod ball stud is separated, unscrew the tie rod end ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then remove the tie rod end from the steering gear

To install:
  1. Lubricate the tie rod threads with chassis grease.
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  3. Screw the tie rod end onto the steering gear unit.
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Front end alignment may need to be reset if the tie rod end is not installed the same number of turns.

  1. Insert the ball stud into the steering knuckle and hand-start the castellated nut. Tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). Tighten (do not loosen) further, as required, to align the cotter pin holes in the stud and nut. Install a new cotter pin.
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  3. Tighten the hex nut against the outer tie rod end to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 8: Make sure to tighten the nut against the outer tie rod end to specifications

  1. Carefully lower the vehicle. Have the front end alignment checked and adjusted if necessary, at a reputable repair shop.
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